It's bargain time, as dealers seek to make sure 2013-plated cars aren't still lingering like bad smells once 2014 kicks in.
Each day they sit there, such cars take up space, accrue financing costs and depreciate rapidly. So the deals offered need to be juicy enough to clear the cobwebbed cars from showrooms.
From the buyers' point of view, they need to make sure the discounts are substantial enough to adequately compensate them for buying a 2013 car.
Some of the deals run out on New Year's Eve, others at the end of January and some as long as stocks last.
There's so much happening, I'll canvass the specials in two stories - under and over $20,000.
Under $20,000 is mainly the province of micro cars, such as the Mitsubishi Mirage, and the slightly bigger light cars such as the Toyota Yaris.
These littlies have improved out of sight, typically offering five-star crash ratings at prices that haven't budged in 20 years. Honestly.
Mitsubishi's Mirage, for example, is the scourge of Chinese and Malaysian brands seeking to get a foothold via ultra-low prices.
The Japanese-engineered and Thai-built Mirage hatch usually sells for $12,990 (drive away, like all new-car prices in this article) but, for now, at $11,990, is just about a credit-card purchase.
If you've a youngster looking at a used car, keep in mind this has a five-star crash rating, a five-year warranty and 10 years coverage on the drivetrain.
Here's a five-door hatch from left field - a Corsa.
It's an Opel, GM's quality European brand that has shut up shop here and is sacrificing remaining stocks. The Corsa, at $13,707, has had a $9000 cut and Holden is backing the warranty.
There are also good deals on an impressive Korean pair, the Hyundai i20 three-door auto at $14,990 and Kia Rio three-door manual at $13,990.
Buyers can't go wrong on resale values with a Mazda2 or Toyota Yaris, and now's the time to pick one up at a discounted $15,590 and $15,490 respectively.
Just squeezing under $20,000 is the Mazda3, which is going for $19,990, a bargain for such an excellent car that's also much bigger than any of the above.
The cheap pricing is not only because it's a 2013 car - it's also due to a new-generation model arriving early next year.
There are also lots of deals on demonstrators - for example, a Ford Fiesta Zetec auto at $17,990 - and one-year-old ex-fleet and rental vehicles.
John Hughes is king of the ex-fleets, with hundreds of 2012 Hyundais with up to four years of warranty left.
A minimum $2000 is paid for a trade-in on cars that have been licensed in the buyer's name for at least six months and are running.
Prices after trade-in include the i20 three-door hatch manual at $8999, Accent five-door hatch manual for $13,999 and spacious Elantra auto sedan at $15,999.